OVAE: Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Current Section

National Technology Laboratory for the Improvement of Adult Education (TECH21)
Fact Sheet Series 2004 - Adult Basic and Literacy Education
Archived Information

The OVAE Fact Sheet Series highlights efforts currently underway at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) to support the principles of the President's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The principle(s) supported by this effort are:

  • Increase Accountability and Academic Achievement


According to the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey, 21 percent of the adult population does not have a strong foundation in literacy. OVAE provides educational tools through technology to address this challenge and is using TECH21 as the vehicle to maximize that effort.


The TECH21 project uses information technology to help adults achieve adult education and life goals. The project brings together technology, adult learners, and teachers to use and participate in the development of IT-based models for learning instruction and professional development. Innovative technology-based instructional materials are examined, tested, refined, and implemented. Learners and practitioners will become leaders in the use of IT in adult education and their leadership will build capacity throughout the adult education system.

TECH21, now in its third and final year, is led by the National Center for Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania and the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, Inc. (NAEPDC).

Outcomes and Products

  • Identification and dissemination of promising practices using technology for adult education
  • National Technology Laboratory in Sacramento, and Philadelphia; hands-on demonstration labs in Washington, DC and Arlington, Virginia
  • Establishment of six program-based field sites in PA, CA, NY, CT, TX, and AZ
  • Creation of a clearinghouse for innovative technology-based instruction materials
  • Development of an information and learning Internet portal

FY 2001 to FY 2004, with a six-months no-cost extension through March 31, 2005



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